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Blackthorn Hedge Prunus spinosa

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Blackthorn Hedge Prunus spinosa

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Blackthorn (Prunus spinosa) as a prickly, deciduous hedging plant that provides seasonal interest, producing white flowers in the spring and sloes in the autumn.Click here for more information.More Information
  • 12 Month Plant Guarantee
  • Fast Growth Rate
  • White Flowers
  • Deciduous
  • Grows to 4m
  • Has Berries
  • Native
  • Prickly
  • Planting Conditions: Suitable for normal, clay or chalk soils, full sun to semi shade and inland, coastal or exposed sites
  • Growth Rate: Fast growing, expect 40-60cm per year
  • Height: Easily maintained at 1-4m

Step 1 - Select Root Type:

Bare Root

Bare Root

Pot Grown

Pot Grown

Root Ball

Root Ball

Instant Hedging

Instant Hedging

Step 2 - Select Size & Quantity:

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Planting Density
Blackthorn 40/60cm bare root
5 to 7per metre
Blackthorn 60/90cm bare root
5 to 7per metre
Blackthorn 40/60cm bare root x 250
5 to 7per metre
Blackthorn 40/60cm bare root x 500
5 to 7per metre
Blackthorn 60/90cm bare root x 250
5 to 7per metre
Blackthorn 60/90cm bare root x 500
5 to 7per metre
Blackthorn 30/50cm Cell grown
5 to 7per metre
Blackthorn Cell grown 30/50cm x 50
5 to 7per metre
Blackthorn Cell grown 30/50cm x 100
5 to 7per metre
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Product Details
Product Details

Blackthorn Hedge Plant (Prunus spinosa) Description

Blackthorn blossoms early in spring, blooming with masses of white flowers before its leaves have even made an appearance, bringing life to gardens at an otherwise dull time of year. Through the summer, Blackthorn boasts bushy green, oval-shaped foliage and produces sloes in autumn very small, damson-like fruit. Sloes can be picked in November when they have ripened to make delicious sloe gin if the birds havent already taken them, that is.

Blackthorn makes an excellent natural security hedge, due to its dense, thorny foliage. The density also means Blackthorn makes a wonderful shelter for birds and other wildlife. Blackthorn is a fast-growing hedge with a growth rate of around 40-60cm each year, and can grow well in most soil types, except for very waterlogged soil. For best growth, Blackthorn should be grown in a sunny position its not suitable for full shade.

As one of the UKs most popular native hedging species, Blackthorn is a main component of our Mixed Native Hedging selection take a look at our full range of Mixed Native Hedging Packs for more information.

Further Information
Further Information

You’ll see our recommended planting densities for each size and root type listed in the product grid. We suggest that you use these as a guide, taking into consideration how long you’re willing to wait to see your finished hedge. As a rough indication bare roots can be planted at anything from 3 to 7 per metre and cell grown between 4 and 6 - the higher densities here would need to be planted in a double staggered row or zig-zag.

For more information on planting distances please see our planting density advice section.

Pruning Advice
Pruning Advice

Blackthorn (Prunus spinosa) hedge trimming should be done when the plant is dormant in the winter months, but not when it's freezing. Blackthorn can be left to its own devices if a more natural hedgerow look is wanted, however it can be trimmed back to keep it to a desired height and spread.

Take care to wear protective gloves when pruning this species; as the name suggests, Blackthorn has long, thin thorns that make it ideal as an intruder deterrent, but also challenging to prune without protection.

Delivery & Returns
Delivery & Returns

Free delivery is available on all orders providing they meet the minimum spend criteria for the size of box or pallet. Pallet deliveries and large box deliveries for tall plants are indicated by icons on the product table listings. Delivery costs and minimum order details for each packaging type are as follows:

Packaging TypeStandard Delivery ChargeMinimum Order Values (incl VAT) for FREE Delivery
Small Box (Bare Roots up to 1.2m)12 delivery charge (orders up to 100 incl VAT) Orders of 100 and over - FREE
Box (Pots up to and incl. 7.5L)12 delivery charge (orders up to 100 incl VAT) Orders of 100 and over - FREE
Large/Tall Box (Tall bare roots 1.2m +)18 delivery charge (orders up to 120 incl VAT)Orders of 120 and over - FREE
Pallet (Root balls, large pots, trees etc)60 delivery charge (orders up to 240 incl VAT)Orders of 240 and over - FREE

There are some exceptions to the standard delivery pricing structure, which relate to deliveries to more remote areas, overseas, or extremely tall plants requiring specialist delivery - for more information see the Delivery Information Page. (Please note that due to new Brexit rules, we are currently unable to export to both Northern Ireland and the Republic of Ireland.)

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Our plants are guaranteed for 12 months after delivery subject to specific criteria. Visit our Hedges Direct Plant Guarantee Page for full details.
Please note that our current delivery timescale is 14-28 days

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